updated 03:23 pm EDT, Tue July 22, 2014
Previously released for iOS in August, turns tablets into notebook, sketchpad
Those looking for a note-taking solution or a sketchbook for Windows 8 and Android-based tablets have a new option to look at today. Wacom has expanded the availability of Bamboo Paper, adding tablets beyond the iPad, including the Kindle Fire, Surface 2 and Galaxy Tab 4, to the mix. Bamboo Paper was originally launched for iOS devices in August.
"We have learned a lot from our customers since we introduced Bamboo Paper for iOS, and have implemented these learnings in our new multi-platform release of Bamboo Paper," said Wacom Head of Consumer Business Mike Gay. "Now we can offer the best tool for creative thinking on all major and new operating systems."
The app aims to approach note-taking and drawing in a natural way. Bamboo Paper works with Bamboo and Intuos styluses, meshing Wacom technology with software.
The software also offers different types of tools and notebooks for users to access. Different styles of textured paper can be accessed, while writing and drawing tools utilizing Wacom's ink engine. Wacom notes that the premium notebooks are not yet available for Android and Windows 8 devices, but will be available soon.
Wacom's Ink Layer Language (WILL) drives the writing experience, but also powers sharing features. With WILL, work can be shared between devices, across operating systems without a loss in quality. Wacom adds that work can be exported to social media and cloud services like Facebook and Evernote.
"We consider this a major step for the seamless exchange of ideas and notes across all available hardware or software platforms," said Gay.
Bamboo Paper is currently available for free from Google Play, the Amazon Appstore and the Windows Store. During the free promotion, all premium writing and drawing tools are available at no cost to the user. If pricing structure follows the iOS app, the full version will bump up to $2. The creative pack, which comes with six tools and premium notebooks, will be $4.